Several longstanding public servants who served Cape Girardeau County faithfully for many years stepped down from their positions at the end of 2010.
Gerald Jones served as the county's presiding commissioner for 16 years. His work included encouraging growth and development through tax incentives and other programs. Indeed, the county has grown over Jones' tenure. When he took office in 1994, the county's assessed valuation was slightly more than $500 million. Now, it is more than $1 billion.
Janet Robert began her service to the county as recorder of deeds in 1977. The position is one of detail, requiring the recording of all land records for the county, beneficiary deeds for those wanting to avoid probate court, subdivision plats and land surveys. The office also issues marriage licenses. Robert served the county during a transformational time in technology, an asset that has helped the office minimize the resources needed to carry out its duties.
Charles Hutson retired at the end of 2010 after serving the county as the circuit clerk for the past 35 years. Hutson and his office staff have handled a multitude of issues pertaining to circuit court cases, but he says the most rewarding cases are adoptions.
Public service is an honorable career choice, and longtime office holders who serve the county with distinction deserve our gratitude. Jones, Robert and Hutson are to be commended for their years of public service to Cape Girardeau County.